Victor Cruz is eager to show off the Giants’ new offense. But that doesn’t mean it was easy watching former coordinator Kevin Gilbride exit East Rutherford.
The man who will be in charge of revitalizing Eli Manning’s career is the same coach who helped Aaron Rodgers maintain his excellence.
The Giants insist former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride made the decision to retire on his own. But let’s just say it could have been a much, much different scene.
In scouring the NFL for a new OC, now that Kevin Gilbride has retired under the impending threat of involuntary termination, the Giants must find someone who is compatible with Eli Manning. That’s first and foremost.
“It just made it impossible for our quarterback to function,” the 62-year-old said. “(Eli Manning) is a guy where if you give him enough time, he’s always going to be throwing the ball to the right person.”
The 46-year-old was the Giants’ wide receivers coach from 2004-2009 before being promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2010.
“He has been with me from Day 1 as my quarterbacks coach and then my coordinator,” Manning said. “He really taught me everything I needed to learn to become an NFL quarterback.”
Kevin Gilbride, the longtime offensive coordinator who won two Super Bowl rings with the Giants, retired Thursday.
The Giants co-owner spoke Monday about the many shortcomings of the team, including the offensive line, but did not point the blame at coach Tom Coughlin or general manager Jerry Reese.
The New York Giants missed the playoffs for the second year in a row, compiling a 7-9 record in 2013. It was only the second losing record under the leadership of Tom Coughlin as Giants head coach, who took command of the team in 2004. As the franchise’s leadership met the media after the final game of the season, one question was seemingly answered, while several other questions remained unanswered.
Kevin Gilbride may have coached his last game as the Giants’ offensive coordinator.
Eli Manning claims he can’t even remember why Archie Manning told the Chargers not to take his son with the No. 1 pick overall in 2004.
It’s now up to Peyton Hillis to handle a large workload at running back for the 1-6 Giants.
Eli? Coach Coughlin? GM Jerry Reese? You decide!
For the Giants to save their season, their best player must rise above the mess around him. No one is questioning Manning’s credentials, but his future is still up for debate.